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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 77-83

Online definition of comparable and searchable medical information


Department of Orthodontics, UKSH, Kiel University, Kiel, Germany

Correspondence Address:
Wolfgang Orthuber
Department of Orthodontics, UKSH, Kiel University, Arnold Heller Street 3, House 26, Kiel 24105
Germany
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/digm.digm_5_18

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For decision support, a globally connected digital information system is desirable, which uses diagnostic findings and makes language independently statistical (anonymized) information from similar cases of all countries available. It can be realized efficiently in the following way: The definitions of all used diagnostics and measurement procedures are placed online. The defined data are called “Domain Vectors.” Doctors who use the online definitions get measurement results as Domain Vectors in comparable and searchable form. Anonymized selective statistics over patient groups with similar data can help to find the best treatment. Precondition for such distributed and simultaneously connected Domain Vectors are their global online definitions. Every Domain Vector only consists of a link to its definition (e.g., via URL or an abbreviated equivalent) plus numbers. This article explains details and concludes that introduction of the Domain Vectors with their online definitions would be an important step toward internationally connected medicine.


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